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Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years (1999)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama  -  18 April 1999 (USA)
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Tells the story of Sadie and Bessie Delany, two African-American (they preferred "colored") sisters who both lived past the age of 100. They grew up on a North Carolina college campus, the ... See full summary »

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Sadie Delany
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Annie Elizabeth 'Bessie' Delany
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Amy Hill Hearth
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Sadie in her 20s
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Bessie in her 20s
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Martha Logan
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Tells the story of Sadie and Bessie Delany, two African-American (they preferred "colored") sisters who both lived past the age of 100. They grew up on a North Carolina college campus, the daughters of the first African-American Episcopal bishop, who was born a slave, and a woman with an inter-racial background. With the support of each other and their family, they survived encounters with racism and sexism in their own different ways. Sadie quietly and sweetly broke barriers to become the first African-American home-ec teacher in New York City, while Bessie, with her own brand of outspokenness, became the second African-American dentist in New York City. At the ages of 103 and 101, they told their story to Amy Hill Hearth, a white New York Times reporter who published an article about them. The overwhelming response launched a bestselling book, a Broadway play, and this film. Written by Tommy Peter

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While this movie is based on the first book the Delany sisters did together, certain parts of it - Sadie tricking her way into teaching at a school, and the sisters seeing themselves on Broadway - weren't revealed until Sadie published her own book "On My Own at 107" four years later. See more »

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Annie Elizabeth 'Bessie' Delany: [on how they have lived so long] We never had husbands to worry us to death.
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Not quite as inspirational and clear as the book, but just as powerful!
5 September 1999 | by (Baltimore, Maryland) – See all my reviews

A powerful adaptation of the best-selling book and the smash Broadway play about the lives of Bessie and Sadie Delany, two "colored" sisters who lived past the age of 100. Wonderfully played in their old age by Ruby Dee and Diahann Carroll, respectively, they tell their story in flashbacks to Amy Hill Hearth (played by Amy Madigan), a white New York Times reporter. The flashback and present-day scenes don't have as much inspirational value in them as in the book, but really are powerful. However, certain aspects of the sisters' lives, such as the inter-racial background of their mother and the reasons behind their father's stern personality are not presented clearly. You need to read the book to fully understand these things. Which is just as well, because the book's just as great! Aside from those flaws, it's wonderfully done and performed, especially by Dee and Carroll, and a very powerful and educational movie.


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